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Affirmed: 365 Days of Positive Thoughts and Actions to Start Your Day by Cheryl Polote-Williamson

Affirmed is a yearlong journey with positive words, thoughts and sayings for each day of this year. God has blessed me with the opportunity to meet and speak to hundreds of people in doing my coaching calls, public speaking engagements and networking events. One of the most common themes that I hear about in coaching and mentoring others is a lack of self-esteem specifically dealing with negative thoughts. I began to pray for the people who told me their stories of poor self-image and lack of confidence. As I prayed, God began to give me positive words to speak to others. He gave me, Affirmed.

Books by Cheryl Polote-Williamson

The Affirmed Tour is coming to your city! Stay tuned more dates and cities to come.  View all of the details for Cheryl Polote Williamson’s #Affirmed Tour Book Signings. See all of her upcoming events:


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STATIONS: Changing Your Life – Changing Your Career by Dr. Lynda Mubarak

The current global workforce has changed tremendously during the past decade and your workplace is part of that change. Labor trends, increased use of technology for goods and services, and the reduction of workers at all levels has generated a need to view employment and self-sufficiency in a new light.  If you have children, they will need to be able to work in a 21st century work environment with a diverse workforce, which will entail jobs which are being developed as they enter elementary grades or high school.

STATIONS is the quick resource guide that offers suggestions and time-proven strategies for parents and professionals who interact with children and young adult workers.

STATIONS is a collection of essays that provides food for thought as we make our way through the different situations, events, stages, circumstances and parental decisions that will ultimately affect personal lifestyles  and career options.

STATIONS examines childhood academic and social skills, and addresses the challenging task of teaching children to be healthy and financially sound while preparing them to thrive and survive in a global workforce driven by cutting edge technology and ongoing competition.

STATIONS is concise, amusing, informative and frank in its discussion of life’s everyday circumstances, including social media and proactive workplace practices that affect all of us from childhood through adulthood.

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Ella Curry Featured on Book Look

ELLA CURRY WAS FEATURED ON:  The Book Look,  Season 2, Episode 1, January 2013

The Book Look is back for Season 2 with new authors, celebrities and contributors! In Episode 1, host Monda Webb and contributors Kwame Alexander and Charisse Carney-Nunes cover Nicole Sconiers’ Escape from Beckyville and Walter Mosley’s The Gift of Fire while hearing from Rev. Bernice King on the new book about her mother, Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King.

Several emerging authors are put on BLAST (Book Look Author SpotlighT) including Trice Hickman, Stephany Greene and Jaunique Sealey; the AALBC Bestsellers List is presented; and EDC Creations’, Ella Curry is recognized for her ongoing contributions to the world of African American literature.

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of several children’s books including, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is also a literary advocate, and the Executive Producer of The Book Look a webseries airing here on

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Whitaker House signs fiction writer Vanessa Miller to multi-book deal

 Whitaker House signs bestselling fiction writer Vanessa Miller to multi-book deal

(New Kensington, Pa.) – In an effort to meet the growing demand for Christian fiction in the African American book market, Whitaker House has signed Essence bestselling author Vanessa Miller to a multi-book deal. Miller, known for her redemptive themes and colorful characters, is releasing Yesterday’s Promise, in April 2010, the first of a three-book series.

 “Vanessa brings with her a reputation not only for excellence as a writer, but also as a woman with strong spiritual roots and a heart to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Whitaker House Vice President Bob Whitaker, Jr.  Miller’s work has received numerous awards, including the Red Rose Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction and the Mahogany Award for Best Christian Fiction. Her novels with Kensington/Urban Christian and Abingdon Press have appeared on Essence Magazine’s bestsellers’ list.

Miller is also a playwright, motivational speaker, and founding members of the “Anointed Authors on Tour,” seven bestselling authors who travel to various cities in support of literacy and the arts and to encourage aspiring authors. A native ofDayton, Ohio, she graduated from Capital University with a degree in Organizational Communication.

Yesterday’s Promise is the first book of a series entitled, Second Chance of Love. Whitaker House plans to release the next two books in October 2010 and January 2011. Yesterday’s Promise is available for purchase wherever fine books are sold including Christian Bookstores and on,  and

Yesterday’s Promise by Vanessa Miller
FICTION; ISBN: 978-1-60374-207-8

Melinda Johnson has always felt called to ministry. So, when her father, Bishop Langston Johnson, decides to step down after thirty years of leadership at Omega Christian Center, it seems only natural for her to take his place. But Bishop Johnson feels led by a God who has other things in mind, and to succeed him, he appoints Steven Marks—a man who is opposed to female pastors, not to mention the fact that he is Melinda’s ex-fiancé.

Feeling defeated, Melinda nevertheless maintains her position as the church’s Missions and Community Outreach Director. Frequent interaction with the new bishop incites bitter sparring—and rekindles long suppressed attraction, which grows only stronger when Melinda develops a relationship with Steven’s precious daughter, Brianna, who’s still struggling with the death of her mother.

Can Steven and Melinda set aside past pains, forgive each other, and learn to love again? Or will their opposing positions regarding women preachers keep them forever at odds?

To learn more about Vanessa Miller, visit her online: For further information, or to schedule interviews, please contact Cathy Hickling,,  800-444-4484.

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SLEEP NO MORE by Felton Perry

“SLEEP NO MORE”  by Felton Perry

A joint production by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Ebony Repertory Theater, the African Marketplace, Inc, and the Inner City Cultural Center

It’s time to reacquaint ourselves with …Inner City Cultural Center and it many contributions, artistically and talent, to the world.

“SLEEP NO MORE” by Felton Perry will be directed by Felton Perry and read on Monday, May 3, 2010 at 8:00pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.  The staged reading of this delightful musical will help kick off a series of quarterly readings of the best of Inner City Cultural Center during its day.

Artists reading will include many of the plays original artists including Hawthorne James, Art Evans, Felton Perry, Phyllis Bailey, Marvin Elkins, Vance Valencia, Wren Brown, Rosa Maria Marquez, Debra Sellers, Ted Lange, Louis Price, Leslie Bee, Maoco Elkins, and Dr. Sandi Sheffy. The one night event should be fun and a chance to reacquaint yourself with old friends, and if you recall the antics of Sleep No More, laugh until you can not stop.

Please forward this notice to your list of friends, the media, and those sensitive to the arts. We will do this every quarter this year. We want to thank Felton, Wren Brown, Gaye Hooks, and Ebony Repertory Theater, and Ernest Dillihay of the Department of Cultural Affairs for working with us to create a forum for Inner City Cultural Center.

James V. Burks, Producer

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Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

American Women in Radio and Television Announces
Keynote Speakers for 2010 Women’s Media Forum

Best-selling Author Robert Rosen and National Public Radio President & CEO Vivian Schiller

For Immediate Release: January 28, 2010
Contact: Edna/Damian Bruce, ESP Public Relations
Tel: 310.827.9727 ~

American Women in Radio and Television is pleased to announce keynote speakers Dr. Robert Rosen and Vivian Schiller for the Women’s Media Forum to be held March 5-6, 2010 at the Embassy Suites Washington, DC Hotel at 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Dr. Robert Rosen, Author of Just Enough Anxiety: The Hidden Driver of Business Success, is an internationally recognized psychologist, best-selling author, researcher, and business advisor to world-class companies. Dr. Rosen will deliver the opening keynote address during this year’s AWRT Women’s Media Forum at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010.

Vivian Schiller joined National Public Radio as President and CEO on January 5, 2009. Schiller oversees all of NPR’s operations and initiatives, including the organization’s critical partnerships with 800+ member stations, and their service to the more than 26 million people who listen to NPR programming every week. She came to NPR from The New York Times Company where she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of She will be delivering the keynote luncheon address at 12:15 p.m. also on Friday, March 5, 2010. During the luncheon, AWRT will also hold its Pass the Gavel Ceremony and present the AWRT Achievement Award to Chickie Bucco.

Sylvia Strobel, AWRT Interim President, commented, “We are pleased to have such high-caliber people addressing this year’s Women’s Media Forum. Having them included attests to the validity of AWRT’s mission of promoting progress and creating change for women in media.”

The event is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: AT&T, Katz Women’s Career Summit, Lehmann Strobel PLC, National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) and National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). To add your organization to this growing list, please contact AWRT at 703-506-3290. For more information and to register for the AWRT Women’s Media Forum, go to

About AWRT: The year 2010 marks the 59th Anniversary of American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), the longest established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWRT carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large. Founded in 1951, AWRT works to improve the quality of electronic media; promote the entry, development and advancement of women in the field; foster communication and idea exchange; and give back to the community we serve.

About The Foundation of AWRT: The Foundation of AWRT is the philanthropic arm of American Women in Radio & Television, supporting educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Foundation of AWRT has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation of AWRT.

The Foundation supports several public service campaigns, including most recently AWRT Empowering America, which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this initiative, the Foundation of AWRT has adopted needy urban middle schools around the country and provided educational donations derived from collateral based on the Empowering America program. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that awards exemplary programming created for, by and about women.

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1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: 703-506-3290 ~ Fax: 703-506-3266

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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in Community News


How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams

How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams

Christian Recording Artist, author and educator, Dr. Naima Johnston has a passion to see others achieve their God Given Dreams. After many years of being told she would never make it as singer, Dr. Johnston left her position as the Associate Director of Student Life at Wright State University to launch a recording career and a brand new ministry. After years of trials, loss and failures, Dr. Johnston discovered the keys to successfully building her life and ministry. Now traveling the country encouraging and equipping others, Dr. Johnston empowers people to live the life that they were ordained to live.

“Everyone has a dream, many people think they can’t achieve them for various reasons. But as long as you have breath and God on your side, you have still have time. You just need information and confidence. I want to share the tools that I’ve learned to assist others in obtaining Godly success.”

Dr. Johnston will be hosting a free Conference Call on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time to teach participants how to, “Go With What They Got!”

On the verge of quitting ministry due to a lack of growth Dr. Johnston discovered that if she followed the example of Gideon she would be successful. In the Bible, Judges Chapter 6, the Lord instructs Gideon to fight a battle he could not possibly win. When Gideon informs the Lord he can’t win the battle, the Lord tells him not to worry since He would in fact be going with him. Dr. Johnston now does over 100 ministry engagement a year, has self published two books and is completing the recording of her second CD.

Seminar participants will learn:  The 4 Things That Keep You From Achieving Your God Given Dream, The 9 Things That Must Be Done To Achieve Your God Given Dream and 5 Uncommon Things To Motivate Yourself!

This free Conference Call will be a powerful preparation tool for those who want to launch a new business, a ministry or get motivated to achieve a life long dream! Participants must register and spaces are limited. To register send an email to:  for more information and registration for the “Go With What You Got Conference Call on Dec. 1, 2009.

Dr. Naima Johnston is the founder and CEO of Broken Box Ministries, an innovative arts and education company. She is the author of the forthcoming training manual, “Go With What You Got!” As well as, Called To Sing, 13 Mistakes TO Avoid When Starting In Music Ministry and Dr. Nay’s Random Recovery Life Lessons. Her newest CD, “This Place” will be releasing in March 2010. For more information or interview inquires please visit

Still booking for Dec/Jan/Feb!  Would love to be of service to your church, women’s organizations, educational institution, house concerts! Email me for open dates!

Want to achieve Your Calling? Register for my free tele-semianr – How To Achieve Your God Given Dreams – shoot me an email for more info! Dec. 1, 2009 at 8pm EST!

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